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Gang sorry after taking police car

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Thieves who stole a car from a police officer in Malaysia obviously had a change of heart, as they left a note inside apologising for their crime when they abandoned it.

When police recovered the car, which belonged to the police chief of central Selangor state, they found a note inside saying "Sorry police, wrong target".

They found the car in a parking space on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, with the note on the dashboard, according to police officer Arjunaidi Mohamed.

Mr Arjunaidi said only the door lock on the car, a Proton Perdana, had been damaged, highlighting the ease with which thieves can break into cars and the necessity of car insurance to protect vehicles and belongings inside.

The car, which did not have a police logo, was taken from outside a restaurant. It had been parked there while the police chief's driver stopped to have breakfast.

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